2017 Moto Guzzi V9 "Tracker"
Photo Credit: Darren Hull
2017 V9 “Tracker”
After spending the past several years flat track racing, MotoVida’s Chief Creative Officer Brent Giesbrecht felt the company’s latest custom should be inspired by the grassroots community that grows up on a dusty Sunday afternoon dirt track under a hazy Okanagan sun. The MotoVida custom 2017 Moto Guzzi V9 “Tracker” is the culmination of that inspiration.
In a fitting homage to this heritage, the bike’s paint scheme is taken from an ad for a 1976 Ford Econoline while the seat design was borrowed from the interior of a late 1970s Camaro.
The Tracker features SuperTrapp mufflers; a hand-built tank, tail, and seat as well as a fabricated number plate and headlight assembly. The polished aluminum rims are laced to Moto Guzzi Nevada hubs. Riding the bike home from the track is made easy by the Rizoma Bar End turn signals and Bitubo shock absorbers with spring preload adjustment in rebound and compression thanks to a twelve-setting adjustment knob.
In addition, the front peg mounts were moved back six inches and the headers were hand-crafted by Roger Goldammer while Monashee Manufacturing was responsible for creating a mating adapter to correctly space the rear hub.
In all, the Tracker took a little over four months from concept designs to completion and the result is a fun bike that goes faster, handles better, pops with colour and is, ultimately, a combination of Italian quality and style with good old North American dirt track fun. In Brent’s words, it’s a “pairing of Chianti and 7-Up.” Moto Guzzi, welcome to flat track.